September 20, 2021

Ogun: Soldiers drag patient off hospital bed, stab him to death, shoot one other

Soldiers believed to have been from Ikeja Cantonment but posted to Kara Market along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway have been accused of dragging a patient out of a medical facility in Ogun State before stabbing him to death on Tuesday.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a release made available to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, revealed that one Damilare Adelani had earlier been killed by the same soldiers during the annual Isheri Day festival.

The PPRO said the officers, numbering four in number, had abandoned their beat for Isheri Olofin, a border town between Lagos and Ogun State, where they had a minor disagreement with some youths celebrating the festival.

According to the statement, Adelani was hit by a bullet and died on the spot while three other civilians and a soldier were also injured in the process.

The officers were reported to have quickly rushed their injured colleague to a private hospital (name withheld), where they met the only doctor on duty attending to one of the civilians injured during the melee with military men.

The doctor, it was alleged, was ordered to leave the patient and attend to their colleague at gunpoint after which the victim was dragged out of the hospital bed and stabbed to death.

The statement read, “Credible Information at the disposal of the Command has it that on the said date, Four (4) men of the Nigerian Army believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment and posted to Kara Market, left their beats and went to Isheri Olofin, a border town between Lagos and Ogun State where the indigenes of the town were celebrating their annual “Isheri Day”.

“The soldiers, on getting there, had a minor disagreement with some youths which made the soldiers start shooting sporadically into the air. Consequently, one Damilare Adelani was hit by bullets and he died on the spot.

“The ugly incident infuriated the people at the scene who in turn reacted violently against the soldiers leaving one of the soldiers and three other civilians injured.

“The soldiers quickly took their injured colleague to a hospital (name withheld) where they met one of the injured civilians being attended to by a Medical Doctor on duty.

“The statement from the officials of the hospital reveals that the Soldiers ordered the Doctor on gun-point, to leave the injured man and attend to their colleague.

“They then dragged the patient out of the bed and subsequently stabbed him to death with a Bayonet attached to the muzzle of his rifle.”

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the state police Commissioner, Bashir Makama, has ordered a full investigation into the matter with a view to bringing suspects to book.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama has ordered a full-scale investigation into the “Isheri Day” shooting incident by suspected Soldiers believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment, with a view to bringing the suspects to justice.

“The Command has contacted the military authorities in Ogun State and efforts are in place to ensure that the suspected killer(s) are brought to book.”

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